Wycombe High School
Mathematics (3FG4)

QTS full time

Accredited body
The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020

About the course

This course is solely for applicants who have already made a successful application to the Researchers in Schools (RiS) Programme.

The RiS Programme offers a tailored route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities.

The programme is designed to run over three years, with participants achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in their first year and completing their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year in year two.

The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS), led by Wycombe High School, provides the first year of training and awards RiS trainees QTS via this School Direct training programme.

During their first year in their placement schools, RiS trainees will spend three days per week in the classroom, supported by an in-school subject mentor. They will spend one day per week in an NMAPS Hub School joining our SCITT trainees for Subject Knowledge and Professional Studies training. The fifth day will be protected time every week, allowing trainees to pursue research-based activities and deliver Uni Pathways.

Interview process

Applicants who have been pre-selected by RiS will then be interviewed by NMAPS, either at one of our Hub Lead Schools, or a potential host placement school.

How school placements work

During August candidates will attend an Induction course with RiS. In addition to this and to prepare for their ITT year, all trainees are also required to attend the NMAPS three-day Induction Course (25-27 August 2020) at Headington School in Oxford.

Trainees will spend the majority of the year in their main placement school, which will be a non-selective state school. They will also undertake a six-week second placement in the Spring Term, in a contrasting state school. Trainees will be individually supported by a mentor in each school, who they will meet with weekly for support and to discuss progress.

The NMAPS programme allows trainee teachers to develop an understanding of their pupils and the education system in England today, with a variety of other short school experiences in, for example, a Pupil Referral Unit and Special School.

During the Spring Term we would expect trainees to be making good progress towards the Teachers' Standards and be on track to achieve QTS. Trainees will build an on-line portfolio of evidence to show the progress they have made, using our bespoke programme.

On successful completion of the training year, trainees are awarded QTS by NMAPS. Trainees can also opt to complete an on-line PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) with The University of Buckingham, for a fee of £1,700.

The programme also provides regular professional networking and social opportunities throughout the ITT year and beyond. Links with key professional associations, including The Institute of Physics, The Mathematical Association and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) will provide on-going high quality professional development.

The RiS programme continues into a second year and trainees remain in their main placement school. Whilst the NMAPS training course is completed in the first year, the relationship continues after the trainee gains QTS. Former trainees continue to benefit from a range of alumni network meetings, events, career support, leadership development, coaching opportunities and professional association support. Masters opportunities beyond training are also a possibility.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,550
EU students £7,550

This fee is for QTS only. Students wishing to complete the PGCE with the University of Buckingham will need to pay an additional £1,700.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Applicants will need to have a PhD in order to qualify for the RiS programme.

A GCSE, or comparable qualification, at Grade C/4 is also required in both English Language and Mathematics.

Equivalency for overseas qualifications, degrees and GCSEs must be verified through NARIC.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject with a desire to share that with young people of all abilities. Applicants should be confident and articulate communicators, who are keen to contribute to their subject team and the wider school community.

Previous school experience is not required, but applicants are advised to give details of all meaningful experience of working with young people. This may be school experience, but could also include any unpaid volunteering with, for example, a sports team, drama or youth club.

Other requirements

DBS Clearance and Occupational Health Check - all applicants will be required to undergo Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Enhanced Disclosure checks and an on-line Occupational Health Check. If you have lived overseas in the last 5 years additional checks may be required.

English Language proficiency requirements - applicants must demonstrate an excellent command of both written and spoken English.

Please visit our website for further details.

About the training provider

Wycombe High School (based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) is the designated Lead School for The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS).

We will be offering School Direct training (Salaried and Non-Salaried) with NMAPS, but only for trainees on the Researchers in School (RiS) Programme, who will have a PhD.

NMAPS offers high quality specialist teacher training, led by outstanding, practising, teachers of Mathematics and Physics, in a unique collaboration between the state and independent sectors, and in partnership with subject associations such as The Institute of Physics, The Mathematical Association and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).

Because we only offer training in Maths and Physics, you will benefit from a bespoke programme focused on your subject, with enhanced specialist subject knowledge and pedagogical training to ensure your career gets off to a flying start. NMAPS trainees learn 'on the job' from the very beginning and benefit immediately from the insight into what teaching involves.

The NMAPS programme begins with a 3 day residential Induction Course at Headington School in Oxford in late August to prepare you for the year ahead.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS) is committed to equal opportunities and is able to support trainees with additional needs. We will work with trainees to arrange a suitable placement school that can accommodate their needs.

Contact details

01494 897330
The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT at Wycombe High School
Marlow Road
High Wycombe
HP11 1TB


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1CH
  • Training programme code: 3FG4

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
NMAPS Head Office - various locations around our Hub network
Wycombe High School, Marlow Road, High Wycombe HP11 1TB
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